We are in the third day of the Donald Trump Senate impeachment trial. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has already gone on record saying that the entire trial is a “partisan charade.”
The more we hear from Adam Schiff, the more the GOP is getting unified against this partisan charade!
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 22, 2020
Other GOP Senators have also weighed-in:
We all know Adam Schiff loves hearing himself talk. So, let’s give him something to talk about:
1) Why did Schiff collude with the “whistleblower?”
2) What instructions did he provide the “whistleblower?”
3) Why did Schiff hire the “whistleblower’s” co-worker?
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) January 22, 2020
Hour 23 of redundant impeachment arguments. For those following at home: Drinking game—every time House Dems say “drug deal” or “get over it”…drink a shot of milk!
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 23, 2020
If the House isn’t prepared to move forward with the evidence they produced, then maybe they should withdraw the Articles of Impeachment and start over again. It’s not the Senate’s responsibility to conduct their investigation.https://t.co/QJkFmtlrYS
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) January 23, 2020
Quite frankly, having Adam Schiff lecture the Senate about fairness and due process is like listening to an arsonist talk about fire prevention.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 21, 2020
So far, we’ve seen a political show coming from the Democrats.
— Joni Ernst (@joniernst) January 23, 2020
Today’s 13+ hours of name-calling, misdirection, foot-dragging and outright lying by the House managers is an all-time low for impeachment proceedings. And that’s saying something since Team Schiff set the previous low w/ their sham in the House
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) January 22, 2020
Whether you call the Senators “jurors” or “judges,” something is not right about a Senator writing tweets like this during such an important trial. This impeachment trial is not a hoax. The Constitution says that the House of Representatives has the authority to impeach the president. This has happened. Some Senators may not like that this has happened, but it did. Senators now have a responsibility to sit quietly, listen to evidence, and make a decision about whether or not to remove the president.
This impeachment trial is just the latest example of how political partisanship distorts critical thinking and basic morality.
I don’t see how any Senator can be confronted with the evidence we have heard over the last two days and not think that Donald Trump has done something immoral. We can debate whether or not what Trump did was an impeachable offense, but can we truly say that he acted in a morally upright way in this whole Ukraine mess? Was this really a “perfect call?”
Why won’t these GOP Senators speak-up? Why won’t they publicly admonish Trump for his blatant immoral behavior? Why have they remained silent or commented on Trump’s immorality with phrases like “Well, that’s just his style” or “if it was me, I wouldn’t have used those words.” Why do they take media opportunities to defend Trump? I hope people like Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, Cory Gardner, Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, roy Blunt, Richard Burr, Rick Scott, Rob Portman, James Lankford, Pat Toomey, Tim Scott, John Thune, Bill Cassidy, and Lamar Alexander will answer these questions for me. Mitt Romney is a Mormon. Sasse, Rubio, Blunt, Lankford,, Tim Scott, Rick Scott, and Thune are evangelical Christians.
Most of these Senators can think critically and make decisions based on evidence. Many of them have a sense of right and wrong. But their critical faculties and moral capacities are held captive by political partisanship. Party loyalty weakens independent thinking. Party loyalty undermines moral clarity.